by Billy Clouse
Originally published in Revolt — Vol. 1, Issue 2
Last year, communication major Baylee Terrones was crowned as Miss SUU. The Cedar City native sat down with Thunderground to talk about her experience as Miss SUU as well as her career goals.
What does Miss SUU do?
“It’s Miss SUU’s job to always encourage students to go out to all the activities or even go study. It’s her job to keep them involved and always make them feel special — at least that’s what it means to me — and to make them feel like part of the community and part of T-Bird Nation.”
How do you do this?
“I love people, and I’m a hugger. I wear my crown every Friday and that gets people to look at you, and you can go grab them and say ‘you should come to this.’ It’s really easy for me to be outgoing, so everytime I see someone, I say ‘(the event is) going to be so much fun.’ If you’re excited about something, others will be excited about it. I’m usually pretty hyper, so it works out well for me.”
What are your career goals?
“My main goal is to have my own photography business. I want to be able to live off that and do weddings, engagements, portraits, babies, families — I just love people. I currently have a marketing job here on campus, so I get to do my communication marketing with photography, and I think that would actually be really cool. I don’t know, I’m kind of changing my mind a little bit, but I definitely want to do something with photos.”
Why do you smile so much?
“I can 110% say it’s because of the students and faculty here. Everyone is so ridiculously nice; I cried one time because people are so nice. That to me makes our school so dang special. People are so sweet and supportive, even people who don’t know me. If they see me actually not smiling, or having a bad day, they won’t even ask questions, they’ll just give me a hug. I have a great personal family and they told me that even if things don’t go your way, it’s just not in your plan and something better’s going to come, and I grew up with that outlook on life.”
Are there things in your life that make it hard to smile?
“I had something personal going on for me that I don’t love to talk about, but to say the least, it made it hard for me to walk around campus. It wasn’t until I asked for help that I felt safe. Everyone here is so loving — faculty and staff have taken care of me, and now I’m fine. I have stuff in my life that does make it hard for me to smile sometimes. Some days, I just don’t want to go to school because it is really hard, but I think it’s important for people to know they’re not alone. My advice for people is to tell someone. We have great resources here, especially CAPS, they’re always there to help and they’re free for students. Everyone has something, even me, so just know it’s going to be okay.”
How does it feel to no longer be Miss SUU?
“I’m not going to lie, I’m going to be sad for awhile because it’s been such a great thing. I honestly feel like I’m going to be fine because I know I did my time and it was what it was. Now it’s my time to do something else, so I’m excited to see what that next thing is. I’m still going to be me and I’m still going to be ridiculous and loud, so nothing’s really going to change, I just won’t wear my crown anymore.”